It sure seems that this year's Ravens draft class has had the most buzz of any recent Ravens draft class, future offensive stars Breshad Perriman and Maxx Williams have the Ravens fanbase excited for the future. It sure seems that some of the pundits and critics agree that some of the Ravens selections have the ability to come in and produce in their rookie years. Just last week, NFL.com's College Football 24/7 writer Bryan Fischer named four Ravens rookies to his 'Top 100 NFL Rookies of 2015' List. Let's take a look at who he thinks will make a splash for the team in Purple & Black.
#13, Maxx Williams (TE, Minnesota)
Joe Flacco's new best friend will be Williams, who might not finish with a ton of yards but should rack up catches and touchdowns as a starter.
This seems fairly accurate. Joe does love his TEs, and I fully expect 'Mad Maxx' to get his fair share of red-zone targets. It's still up in the air how Maxx and Dennis Pitta will share snaps, but I think they'll both see the field a lot, hopefully in two-TE sets.
2015 Prediction: 40 REC, 550 REC. YDS, 6 TD
#30, Javorius Allen (HB, USC)
His ability to do it all will earn him reps early and he could quickly become Justin Forsett's running mate.
While I'm not sure if Allen can immediately be Forsett's 'running mate', I think he'll beat out Lorenzo Taliaferro and Fitzgerald Toussaint for the backup job. 'Buck' sure seems to be a NFL-ready runner, so it would be no suprise to see him take over the reins eventually. However, expectations must be tempered for this year.
2015 Prediction: 60 ATTs, 250 Rush YDS, 2 TD, 15 REC, 110 REC YDS
#34, Breshad Perriman (WR, UCF)
It might take a while before the raw prospect gets fully up to speed, but he can create mismatches right away.
I think Fischer is a bit off the mark here. I know 'raw', and 'unpolished' have been words thrown around with Perriman's name of late, but the truth is, I think he's more NFL-ready than most think. Now Perriman isn't going to set the league on fire in 2015, but he should have a solid year.
2015 Prediction: 60 REC, 800 REC. YDS, 6 TD
#54, Carl Davis (DT, Iowa)
No Ngata, no problem. Davis can be a nice complement to Timmy Jernigan.
I expect Davis to play a role similar to that of Timmy Jernigan last year, taking limited snaps in place of Brandon Williams and Timmy Jernigan.
2015 Prediction: let's take Jernigan's stat line from last year, 23 tackles, and 4 sacks.
So there you have it. If one thing is clear, it's that the Ravens have a talented crop of rookies capable of immediately contributing this season. I think so, and so do the critics.